Between the erratic weather (please no more snow!!) and this bum arm, I’ve got a major case of cabin fever. Fortunately, the warm weather is slowly making some headway and I’ve got PT exercises to get cracking on, so things are looking up. Thank goodness I’ve got lots to look forward to in the coming months, including the rest of the Costa Maya KAL (buy before May 8th to get the full version for only $9!) and lots teaching travel. To get you inspired for Spring and Summer knitting, here’s a collection of patterns to cast on as the mercury rises!
So, the Costa Maya KAL is in full swing, and I’ve gotta be honest… you guys are KILLING it!! I’m always so excited to pop on Ravelry and see how everyone’s projects are coming along. No pressure, but please update often, with this bum arm I’m living through vicarious knitting pleasure!!
The turnout for this KAL has been amazing, but just in case there are any of you lurking on the fence, let me sweeten the pot. I know that it’s always a risk to start a new pattern. It can be tough to visualize how the final will look and if it could be a good addition to your wardrobe or one of those sweaters you shove to the back of your closet. I tend to model for the KAL photos and while I’m fairly petite with a pear shape, I know there are lots of different body types and sizes out there. So today I’d like to show off Costa Maya’s versatility with the help of some of the lovely ladies at my shared office space! (Shout-out to Brooklyn Creative League!)
I’ll go first.
Last year I rolled out badges for the knitters who were in either two or three of my previous KALs (Corcoran KAL, Tortola KAL, & Soho Slip Stitch KAL). Since then, with the Rising Spades KAL and the just opened Costa Maya KAL, I figured it was time to update! If you’ve done all of my KALs, you are in the…
The Five-Timers Club!
Congratulations! Show off your achievement proudly!!
EDIT – The 2018 KAL is Harbor Springs. On sale in July, casts on in Sept.
In two weeks my newest Video KAL, Costa Maya will kick off and I’ll get to see all your work. I love seeing your progress with pictures online, but nothing beats meeting you all in person and seeing your projects.
So today, an ode to all the amazing knitters who have been kind enough to share your talents with me. I can’t WAIT to see what you come up with next!
Over the years I’ve talked a lot about “Reading Your Knitting”, as well as knitting tricks to make your life easier. I’ve written about how to keep track of your rows, how to keep track of your cast on, how to keep track of your cable rows, today’s “how to keep track of” is is about your bind off.
It’s happened to all of us, we are binding off a bunch of stitches and suddenly wonder, “how many have I done?”
If seeing the words, “Shaping Staying in Pattern” in a knitting pattern makes you want to:
b) throw up in your mouth a little
c) wad the pattern up on the floor and stamp on it right before you ceremoniously light it on fire
I’ve built a class just for you. It’s called “Shape Up!” and I’m coming to Yarnover in April!
Vogue Knitting Live is around the corner, and you could WIN a class package in the Vogue Knitting Live Chicago Raffle!
Join me in Chicago! I’m giving away one Second City Sampler Package featuring one class, one lecture and a 3-day Marketplace ticket, valued at $110. This prize is good for one year past issue.
and . . . EVERYONE who enters the raffle will be sent a promo code for 10% off my classes (or a class package), and a code for 50% off the market place just for entering the
Vogue Knitting Live Chicago Raffle
I’m getting ready for Costa Maya, my next Video KAL / Sweater class (filming like mad), and I’m crisscrossing the country, so I’m bound to be someplace near you! Leave me a comment if I’ll be seeing you.
Upcoming Spring Knitting Events
Welcome to Costa Maya Knit-Along (KAL)!
It’s time for the Spring Knit-Along!!! I am so excited to start another KAL on my Ravelry group. You asked for it, so you got it . . . A CARDIGAN!!! There will be tons of teaching and fun, prizes and a great garment! During the KAL period you get the full sweater class for just $1 over the price of the pattern!!! There will be HOURS of video tutorials, and modification documents to help you every step of the way.
Use Promo code: CostaKAL During the pre-sale period before Feb 26 and get 10% off!
After May 8 the pattern alone will be $8, the KAL – sweater class versions (with all the how tos, video tutorials, and modification notes) will be $14.
Welcome to 2018!! We made it through the holidays, all of our gift projects are (hopefully) off our needles and in the hands of their recipients, and we’re settling in to what looks to be a rough winter ahead. Don’t you deserve a little reward? Why not spend a little time on some “me knitting?”
Sweaters are the filet mignon of knitting patterns. They’re staples that can add tons of versatility to your wardrobe, they come in so many shapes, textures, and styles that there’s always something new to learn, and they can be as challenging or mindless as you want! This winter, curl up by the fire with a glass of wine and a classic new sweater to be! Need some inspiration to get you going? Here are some of my favorite sweater patterns!